On August 15, 2010 the long-running Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular show at Disney’s California Adventure will close, seemingly for good. I had the privilege of seeing this show a few years ago, and it truly is a spectacular show. Before Animal Kingdom had its Broadway quality show, Finding Nemo – The Musical, the guests in California were watching this amazing show.
When I read the closing date, I thought of an idea: why not bring Aladdin to Walt Disney World for a run? It makes sense; the script is written, the sets created, all the costumes sewn. The show would have to be recast in Florida unless Disney offered some sort of relocation package to the California actors, but that seems doubtful. It’s very similar to replicating a ride in another park: all the parts are ready, it just needs to be assembled and run. The costs to do this are fairly low, so why not?
Sounds something like a bean-counter MBA would say, right? Well I’m saying it not for the low cost, but because it’s a magnificent show!
So where in Walt Disney World could Aladdin go? I propose adding it to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The California Adventure version is located in the Hollywood Backlot section of the park, and the building it resides in is the Hyperion Theater, but looks more like a soundstage with a theater sign put on it. The inside is similarly dressed up as a theater, but still feels like a converted soundstage. So it’s simple; take one of the unused soundstages at Hollywood Studios and convert it into a theater for Aladdin, or cut the Backlot Tour some more and build a theater. Even though Hollywood Studios is already packed with shows, Aladdin would bring in the crowds. None of the shows in the Studios in Florida can hold a candle to Aladdin.
Disney, this makes sense and will add value to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Bring Aladdin – A Musical Spectacular to Florida!
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